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Welcome to Mackay


Virtually surrounded by sugar cane fields and aptly nicknamed the 'sugar capital' of Australia as it is the country's largest sugar producing region, Mackay is nestled in the heart of the tropics and sees thousands of visitors flocking here each year. With classic 19th century colonial architecture and dozens of fabulous natural attractions too, Mackay has a unique charm and a little something for everyone. With the mighty blue Pioneer River flowing past the city, the surrounding areas boast spectacular rainforests in national parks and beautiful islands just off the coast of Queensland. Not to mention the palm-fringed, golden beaches, relaxed atmosphere, fabulous shopping and nightlife opportunities and a close proximity to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, it's not hard to see why visitors love this small coastal city. Trek through the rainforest of the Finch Hatton Gorge to the waterfalls, spot the elusive platypus or bandicoot in the Eungella National Park, snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the history at outback towns such as Clermont and Nebo or along the Heritage Walk, visit the mining town of Blair Athol or frolic along one of 31 unspoilt, pristine beaches such as at Cape Hillsborough where wild wallabies can be seen on the beach at sunrise. Other activities available to visitors in Mackay include golf, fabulous reef, estuary and creek fishing and even 4x4 trails, while those looking for some cultural activities can peruse the Mackay's modern art gallery, Artspace Mackay, or stroll around the weekend markets to pick up some local crafts and produce, while the restaurant scene is something to be explored!

Information & Facts


Mackay experiences a humid subtropical climate, similar to that found in the Hawaiian Islands, making a moderate temperature year round. Summers are warm with average daytime temperatures reaching around 29°C (84°F). Winters are mild with average temperatures around 22°C (72°F) and year-round swimming is possible. Most of Mackay's annual rainfall occurs during the summer months between December and April.

English is the official language of Australia.

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

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